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This Advanced Practice nurse gives anesthesia and anesthesia-related care to patients before, during, and after surgery. Nurse Anesthetists need to be prepared for a wide variety of situations, which is why the career path to becoming a Nurse Anesthetist is an intensive one. It’s also why Nurse Anesthetists are among the most in-demand, and highest-paid, of all nursing professions.

Things You'll Do:

  • Operating Room care
  • Outpatient procedures
  • Emergency Room care
  • Pain Management
  • Epidurals

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Work for a minimum of one year in acute care (ICU or ER)
    More about this requirement ›
  • Pass Your
    National Certification Exam (NCE)
  • Become a
    Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesist (CRNA)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Outpatient Facilities
    • Physicians' Offices

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $98K - $129K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 22% more jobs from 2008-2018
    • You’ll be a valued member of the medical-surgical team including: surgeons, anesthesiologists, other physicians, registered nurses, and other healthcare practitioners

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